MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 12/07/99

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 12/07/99

Issue No. 13, Fall 1999
December 7, 1999
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
For back issues, see archive


December 9, Thursday

"Support for Democracy in Africa: Intrinsic or Instrumental?" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Michael Bratton, Faculty (Dept. of Political Science, MSU), 12 noon, Room 201, International Center.


FLAS Fellowships

A) Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in African languages and area studies at MSU are available from the U.S. Department of Education, under Title VI of the Higher Education Act. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Application forms are available from the African Studies Center. The initial deadline is February 18, 2000, however, fellowships can be awarded any time after this date. Applications will be considered until March 31, 2000, although all fellowships may have been awarded by that date.

B) Summer 2000 Intensive Swahili Language Program will be held from June 19 to July 21, 2000 by the African Studies Center and the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at Michigan State University. Three courses will be offered during the Institute: Elementary Swahili (AFR 101A & 102A) and Intermediate Swahili (AFR 201A & 202A), both 8 credits each, for 25 hours per week for five weeks; and Advanced Swahili (AFR 450A), 6 credits, for 18 hours per week for five weeks.

This five-week Intensive Summer Program in Swahili will be preceded by a three-day gratis seminar on East Africa. The three-day workshop on East African culture for students, faculty, and members of the public with a special interest in East Africa will be offered June 15-17, 2000. Lecturers will be drawn from across the nation and from MSU faculty who have taught, worked, and conducted research in East African countries. Swahili Intensive Summer Program participants are required to participate in this workshop.

The Summer program will be directed by Prof. Deogratias Ngonyani, Faculty at Michigan State University, who specializes in the linguistics of Swahili and other Bantu languages.

A limited number of FLAS fellowships will be offered to Intermediate and Advanced Swahili students. Application forms both for the Swahili Institute and the FLAS fellowships are available from the Center.

For further information, contact Dr. Yacob Fisseha, Assistant Director, African Studies Center, 100 Center for International Programs, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035; Phone: (517) 353-1700; Fax: (517) 432-1209; or Email:

Course Announcements

Course Revision

EC414, "Economic Analysis: Sub-Saharan Africa," taught by Professor John Strauss had been moved from Fall 1999 to Spring 2000. For more information about this change, contact Professor John Strauss, Economics Department, 102 Old Botany; phone: 355-1863; email:

New Course

TE991, "Special Topics: Community Participation in Schooling and School Participation in Community Development,"is being taught Spring 2000. The course focuses on two key issues: 1) the effectiveness of community participation in the delivery of educational programs; and 2) the variety of ways schools participate in community development. Case studies from a variety of African countries, including Cameroon, Mali, Malawi, Ghana, Guinea, Uganda, and Tanzania will be used. The course is designed for graduate students with an international interest, a foundation in school community relations, and those interested in community development. For additional information contact Professor Christopher Wheeler, Department of Teacher Education, 510 Erickson Hall; phone: 353-4348.


Call for Papers

New Ventures in African Communities is the tentative title of what is expected to be a ground-breaking new book. This "how-to" guide is based in the African worldview. The aim is to produce a text and resource work that will provide appropriate business paradigms for African entrepreneurs who are committed to starting and operating successful businesses in African communities. The editor cordially invites chapters to be submitted for this inaugural edition. Inquiries, abstracts, and manuscripts should be directed to the editor: Mayibuye Monanabela, 129B 43rd Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37209; phone: (615) 963-5587; email: Mayibuye Monanabela, PhD, is Professor of Organizational Behavier and Entrepreneurship in African Studies at Tennessee State University.


Advanced Kiswahili Tanzania June 19 to August 11, 2000

The Association of African Studies Programs and the African Language Teachers' Association announce a Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad in Tanzania. The project is funded by the US Department of Education and co-directed by The University of Pennsylvania, The University of Georgia, and affiliated with The University of Dar es Salaam. For more information contact: Dr. Alwiya Omar, University of Pennsylvania, African Studies Center, 645 Williams Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19104; phone: (215) 898-6971/4299; fax: (215) 573- 8130; email: or visit the website at:

Ohio State University Graduate Minor Program

The Graduate Minor in African-American and African Studies is designed to enrich the graduate experience and training of students in a wide range of disciplines at The Ohio State University. It is structured to meet specific academic and/or professional plans and development needs of graduate students, through guided study and critical appreciation of the Black experience in the USA, Africa, and/or the Caribbeans. For more information contact: The Chair, Graduate Studies Committee, Department of African-American and African Studies, The Ohio State University, 486 University Hall, 230 North Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210; phone: (614) 292-3570; fax: (614) 292-2293; email:


Anthropology - University of Connecticut

The Institute for African-American Studies and the Department of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut invite applications for a joint tenure-track position at the assistant professor level beginning August 2000. The university seeks an anthropologist with research and teaching interests in African cultures or culture history. Area of theoretical expertise is open, but ethnohistorical, ecological, archaeological and medical approaches are particularly welcomed. Candidates must have an active field research program and publications, and should have demonstrated a commitment to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on sub-Saharan Africa. In research and in teaching, the successful candidate will address significant questions in African ethnology or culture history and related issues in African-American Studies, in historical perspective and/or in the contemporary context. Teaching assignments will include an introductory anthropology course, upper-division undergraduate courses, and graduate seminars. Women and members of minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Interested applicants should send a letter, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references before December 15, 1999, to Sally McBrearty, Chair, Search Committee, Africanist position, Department of Anthropology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269; Tel: (860) 486-2857; Fax: (860) 486-1719.

International Program Associate - Africa

The American Council on Education (ACE) seeks an individual to assist the Association Liaison Office for University Cooperation in Development (ALO) in strategies to promote and support partnerships of higher education institutions in the U.S. and in developing countries, with emphasis on Africa. With ACE and other associations, and in collaboration with USAID, duties include working on efforts involving colleges and universities in development cooperation; organizing and managing seminars on African development priorities and other topics; preparing analytic materials on higher education partnerships for global development, writing and editing formal reports; responding to letters/inquiries; and communicating with higher education officials, USAID officials, etc. Candidates should have a Master's degree, preferably in an international field; extensive knowledge of international development issues and trends, especially in Africa; at least 5 years experience in management of international development programs; experience working or living in multiple African countries; excellent written/oral communications skills; French language at S/R 3 (mid fluency) level; willingness to travel and must be able to work under pressure of deadlines and competing priorities. Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel and familiarity with Access also preferred. Send resume, with cover letter addressing the requirements of this position, and salary requirements to: Program Associate (Africa), American Council on Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 230, Washington, DC 20036.

Stanford University Swahili

The Stanford Language Center invites applications for a full-time, three-year Swahili-lecturer position beginning September, 2000. Duties: Teach all levels of Swahili (100%). Minimum qualifications: Candidates should have a Ph.D. either in hand or to be completed before September, 2000, with some formal knowledge of applied linguistics. Native fluency in Swahili and at least two years' foreign language teaching experience are expected. Please send letter of application with a statement of your teaching and research interest, curriculum vita, and three letters of recommendation to: Swahili Search Committee, Language Center, Building 30, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 943052015. Application deadline is January 31, 2000.

University of Cape Town Senior Lecturer/Lecturer Center for African Studies

Applications are invited for this posting as soon as possible. The department is looking for a scholar with an established research record, a commitment to multidisciplinary approaches, a proven university teaching record, and considerable African experience and contacts. While the disciplinary field is open, this is a joint appointment between the Centre for African Studies and one other department in the Faculty of Humanities, and the incumbent will be expected to participate in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and conduct research within those departments. The successful candidate will be expected to play a leading role in developing African Studies at UCT, particularly in the area of postgraduate studies, through the incorporation of African Studies in the programmes and in different disciplines; Promote research cooperation and other links with scholars throughout Africa; Teach in the Centre's academic programmes; and participate in the administration of the Centre. This is a full-time position which may be held either on permanent or contractual terms to be negotiated. The application deadline is December 23, 1999. Send a CV (including the names, postal/email addresses, telephone/fax numbers of 3 referees) to: The Staff Recruitment Office, (Ref: 354), UCT, Rondebosch, 7701; Tel: (021) 650 2192/3003; fax: (021) 6502138; email: Further information on UCT and the Centre for African Studies may be found at the following websites: and


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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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